“In Xanadu* did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph**, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.”
Have those words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge been running through your mind as we read Genghis Khan together? They have? Not?
It is one of his three best known poems. ($500.00 prize*** if you can name another.)
He wrote it after awaking from a vision in a dream—maybe
you could tell that– Skip ahead—he puts in good parts about a damsel and a dulcimer.
Well! I have finished Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern
World!! Ta-da! Yes, even the Introduction and the Epilogue. Not going to do a recap. All in all, it’s a pretty good read, and I think Mr. Weatherford–(or I feel we can call him Jack after all that we’ve been through) had a good time writing it—maybe even a better time than I had reading it–
I learned a lot and I think it will make dandy table talk at book club next week. (If anyone’s read it . . .) Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall?
And if you loved Coleridge, go ahead and read the piece in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. That Kubla shows up in lots of literature. From now on you’ll see him everywhere you look—isn’t that just the way?
this is a footnote. Place your foot here and read.
*Xanadu—the summer home of Genghis Khan.
**Alph—another crossword puzzle river!
another footnote (put other foot here).
***there isn’t really any $500.00 prize available.